A bus crashed into several vehicles and went through the center median of the San Diego (405) Freeway in the heart of the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, injuring 40 people -- five of them seriously. A total of 25 people were taken out via ambulances, many to Olive View Hospital in Sylmar. The CHP reported that some were bleeding.
Serious injuries were treated on three women, ages 49, 60 and 88, as well as two men, ages 30 and 69, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Six other patients were in fair condition with minor injuries. "The 'serious' condition classification is due to the severity of damage to the vehicles and potential unseen injuries," she said.
Fifteen minutes after the crash, fire trucks were reportedly stuck in traffic, trying to get past clogged traffic en route to the multiple crashes on the 405 Freeway near Nordhoff Street.
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Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe, leader of the Fullerton and Brea departments, said he will retire Dec. 29 to pursue other opportunities.
Deputy Chief of Operations Adam Loeser will be the next chief for the two departments, which function independently but share a command staff. He has handled day-to-day operations for the departments since 2015.
Knabe has served as Fullerton’s fire chief since 2005. When the two cities merged their command staffs in 2011 to save money, he became Brea’s chief as well. Combined the departments have more than 130 employees.
“Right now, I think, is a good time because both departments are run very well,” Knabe said. “Everything’s aligned for success at this time.”
Knabe launched the Urban Search and Rescue program for the departments. He also navigated the departments through cuts, part of the cities’ broader budget reduction.
“Nobody wanted to do it,” he said.
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VIDEO - Both directions of Highway 1 near Bodega Bay in unincorporated Sonoma County have reopened after a solo-vehicle crash involving a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and a house fire, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash occurred shortly after 5 a.m. in the 600 block of Highway 1 near Smith Brothers Road, authorities said. A Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy was pursuing a vehicle suspected in recent thefts when he crashed into the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect vehicle was traveling at speeds of 90 to 100 mph.The deputy was able to escape the car and, along with another deputy, helped residents evacuate the home. Shortly thereafter, the patrol car and home caught fire.
No one in the home was injured. The injured deputy was taken to a hospital and is expected to fully recover.
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A Redondo Union alumnus – turned Los Angeles firefighter is being honored with a prestigious national award for his courage under literal fire.
Bryce Gutierrez, 28, is set to accept the 2017 Michael O. McNamee Award of Valor on Oct. 18 in Nashville, Tenn, according to Firehouse Magazine. Gutierrez, who has been with the Los Angeles Fire Department for five years, is receiving the award for his courageous rescue of four small children from a structure fire at a South Central Los Angeles bungalow in 2017.
He said receiving the award is a huge honor but that it was just another day in the line of duty.
“That’s why we do what we do: to save lives,” Gutierrez said.
A member of LAFD Task Force 33, Gutierrez and his team responded to the call for the Jan. 16, 2017 blaze.
He had to forcibly enter the property through a rear-window after all other points of entry were deemed unsafe.
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PG&E said in a news release that it made its decision based on a number factors, including the Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service this weekend, and reports from its crews in the affected areas.
While the warning is effective through 11 p.m. Monday, the extremely low humidity from the weekend and forecast downslope winds coming from the east made for particularly dangerous conditions Sunday night, said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist for the service at its Sacramento office.
“We’re expecting very strong winds tonight,” he said. “Normally at night, humidities increase and usually the temperatures drop, which tends to improve fire weather conditions, but the winds actually helped keep the temperatures warmer and the relative humidity higher. It kind of works together, especially with the downslope wind.”
Shoemaker said winds being pushed down the mountain to areas such as Placerville, Colfax and Jackson, as well as towns farther north along the foothills including Oroville and Nevada City, were expected to be between 15 and 30 mph through the night, with some localized gusts reaching 55 mph.
When the alarm bell rings in the Napa County town of Angwin, J.R. Rogers drops everything and is usually one of the first to answer the call.
Rogers, 33, is associate vice president for student life at Pacific Union College and volunteers as fire chief of the Angwin Fire Department, one of several stations staffed entirely by unpaid firefighters throughout rural areas of the county.
He supervises a staff of 39 volunteer firefighters, many of whom are on the faculty or are employees and students at the small college. Rogers, who grew up in Redlands (San Bernardino County) and moved to Angwin to attend Pacific Union College, graduated with a bachelor of science in film and television in 2007. As a student, he was encouraged to join the all-volunteer Fire Department.
“A close friend of mine was on the department and recommended that I do it,” Rogers says. “I thought it sounded like fun and was every little boy’s dream, so why not? I had no idea it would catapult me into a life of emergency response.”
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